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Best Meatloaf

Tender, juicy meatloaf topped with crispy bacon and a sweet tomato glaze. This recipe makes the best meatloaf!
Course Entree
Cuisine American, Best
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Beef
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 450 grams ground beef
  • 280 grams ground pork
  • 1/2 medium onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 40 grams Gruyere cheese (grated)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon pimentón (smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme (stems removed, leaves minced)
  • 170 grams thick-cut bacon
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add the ground beef, ground pork, onion, garlic, panko, Gruyere, egg, milk, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, honey, soy sauce, pimentxf3n, salt, pepper and thyme to a bowl. Put a food-safe glove on and use your hand to knead the mixture until uniform.
  3. Line a broiler pan with some parchment paper. This makes cleanup much easier and it prevents the meatloaf from sticking to your pan. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf on the parchment paper. Top with the bacon, slightly overlapping each slice.
  4. Bake the meatloaf for 30 minutes. While the meatloaf is in the oven, make the glaze by mixing the ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a small bowl to combine.
  5. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and cover with the glaze. Return the meatloaf to the oven and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until an instand read thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  6. Remove the meatloaf from the oven and allow it to rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting into it. Serve with mashed potatoes.